I have just started my next book and I'm loving the way its coming out so far, I really feel like I am using more of my skills in this book, I really am a draftsman. I didn't touch color until high school and even then I preferred things in black and white! Also, some Sketch_Dailies I did-- I have been trying really hard to sketch in my sketchbook at least once a day. Its going well... so far!
I am at a cross-roads of sorts at the moment. I am working on a Children's book, I have been doing some character Designs for Little Airplane Productions, all the while I of course have a huge influx of Bark Point Studio commissions. With the holidays coming everything seems magnified and I feel the stress of it falling over me like a blanket of snow. I have been trying really hard to sketch more, but the more I sketch the more I realize I don't know if I love the style of work I do on a regular basis. My drawings always have so much more life to them then my finished illustrations... I have had this problem my entire life. I suppose what I really want to do is have some time to work on my personal work and decide how to market that style instead of this cutex1000 stuff I do.... Hmm..
My first published book is now available for Pre-Order! I am so excited to see Sashi the Scared Little Sheltie in person and of course in print! A percentage of sales will benefit Sheltie Rescue. This project has truly been a labor of love, its a precious story and would make a great holiday gift for any kid or family with pets.
In recent news, I have completed my fourth book (second to be published)--- Wilson Tries New Foods! Below are a few sneak-peaks. This book was such a pleasure to create and I learned a lot too, so its a great book for parents with kids who are hesitant or refuse to eat the things they need to grow and succeed.
In even more recent news--- I've started my fifth book! Benjamin Birdie's First Flight, written by Michael Dostikas. I am so excited about this story, its characters, its charm, its writing--- everything about it is so fresh and of course adorable. Below is the first 2 pages.
The above is pages 21-22 of Wilson Tries New Foods Children's Book. This book is so much fun! Author, Ashley Stewart, uses rhythm and catchy tunes to teach kids that eating well can be fun and that all you have to do is try it out and you'll see! I am now half-way done illustrating the book and I cannot wait to share the rest of it soon.
I started a WebComic in my free time. Its called Bark Point Rescue Alliance. Each week the 'mission' is to help a cat or dog that has been waiting for their home for far too long. I have asked Rescues and Shelters-- and friends of Rescue-- to nominate real pets to be spotlighted. I have done 3 so far, and 1 has been adopted since! I am hoping this webcomic will take off and that people will be lining up to adopt a BPRA pet! I can dream big, can't I?
I also started working on my next book, Wilson Tries New Foods. I am really liking working in a new style! I have finished 6 pages so far and its going to be a fun book. Its very educational and it rhymes, which I LOVE. All kids need to learn how to eat healthy in a fun way~!
After a year and half, Where's Ray is complete! We are still working out a few details, but its done! Hurray, here is the second to last spread. I have also attached my present for the sister's engagement as well as a concept for my next book, Wilson Tries New Foods-- which will be published by Brown Books Kids.